Written as an easily accessible plan based on his Ageless Body, Timeless Mind
, Deepak Chopra's Grow Younger, Live Longer
presents many of the same quantum-based theories of aging as simply a matter of changing your perception. But here, you'll find the format greatly simplified into 10 short chapters, each with a single focus. Each step is fairly basic and combines visualization and breathing exercises with the behavior modifications we've come to expect when we try to get healthier, such as more exercise, balanced eating, avoidance of toxins, and regular sleep. Clear diagrams are included as necessary, such as with his yoga stretches and breathing exercises, and tables have been provided for a quick glance at some recommendations for vitamins. A handful of internationally inspired vegetarian recipes is tucked in the back and are a fun way to introduce some unusual flavors to your meals.
A regular complaint about Chopra's books is the lack of clear data to back up his claims, and this has not changed. He provides numerous anecdotal accounts of folks ridding themselves of cancer, AIDS, or high blood pressure. For many lay readers, these anecdotes provide enough encouragement to try Chopra's program and improve their outlook on life; medical professionals may just be annoyed. Lack of research aside, it's hard to argue with the suggestions. From "connecting more openly with your coworkers" to "always use sunscreen when you are outdoors" and "drink plenty of fresh water throughout the day," the majority of Chopra's methods seem based in common sense, with his "Quantum Realm" as the seasoning that adds a little exciting flavor to a very basic recipe. --Jill Lightner
From Library Journal
Chopra, alternative health guru and founder of the Chopra Center for Well Being in La Jolla, CA, and Simon, the center's medical director and cofounder, present a program to enhance mind/body integration that they contend will help reverse aging. In a previous book, Ageless Body, Timeless Mind (LJ 6/15/93), Chopra argued that mental, social, and intellectual activity can help people slow the aging process. Grow Younger suggests that readers who follow the advice offered can reset their biological age as much as 15 years lower than their chronological age. The authors outline ten steps: to make changes in how we perceive time, get enough of the right kind of sleep and rest, eat the right kinds of food, take nutritional complements (the authors prefer this term to supplements), enhance mind/body integration, eliminate toxins, cultivate flexibility and creativity, and make love the most import thing in our life. Conscious breath work and meditation are encouraged, exercises for flexibility are illustrated, seven vegetarian menus are provided, and a list of resources and a bibliography round out this book. Although his advice can be unorthodox, this work will be appreciated by Chopra's many readers; recommended for public libraries and specialized collections. Jodith Janes, Cleveland Clinic Foundation Lib.
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